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The Crying Room


  • Playwright

    Patrick Gilligan 

  • Setting

    Set in the crying room of a suburban church (an anteroom of many modern churches to which children who prove difficult during devotions may be taken, so as not to disturb the priest or congregation).

  • Notes

    Presented alongside 'Part of the Main' by Grace Butt.

  • Synopsis

    A study based on the birth-control controversy in the late 1960s after Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    06 October 1969

  • Production Notes

    Presented in association with Amalgamated Artists, in a season composed of three O. Z. Whitehead prizewinning one act plays.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Eblana Theatre

Original Cast  
Priest Des Nealon
Aggie-the-Bag May Cluskey
Alo Patrick Dawson
Sarah Everitt Beryl Fagan
Mrs. Flynn Ann O'Dwyer
Evelynn Olivia Shanley
Mr.Crawford O.Z. Whitehead
Production Team  
Director Frank J. Bailey
Designer George Gavan Duffy
Administrative Director Marilyn Crawley
Head of Production David Byrne(2)
PA to Director John Cooke
Administration Assistant Mary Martin
Administration Assistant Liam Ledwidge
Stage Manager John McGuigan
Stage Manager John Cooke
Assistant Stage Manager Roseanne Furlong
Chief Electrician Paddy Scanlon
Graphic Design Dara O'Lochlainn
Production Photography Pat Monaghan(2)


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Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.